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26th March 2021

Lord Speaker election hustings 1

We are at a critical juncture in the life of our House.   The last year has been exceptionally difficult and hopefully we can soon return to more, if not all of us, working at Westminster.  We need to discuss how we do that, so we take account of the needs of all our members, including those with vulnerabilities and disabilities, …

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20th March 2021

What should a new Lord Speaker do?

I have served in the House of Lords for 25 years and in recent weeks I have been encouraged by colleagues from all parts of the House of Lords to stand for election as Lord Speaker, at least in part because of my experience as the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.  The same healing impulse that took me …

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2nd February 2021

Wisdom is a Woman – Let Wisdom Guide

The book of Proverbs is one of the great books of wisdom, and not only in that library of books that Christians know as the Holy Bible.  Proverbs stands out as one of the most marvellous pieces of the world’s wisdom literature, whatever your faith or belief.  The first verse of chapter 1 attributes many of the sayings in the …

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24th August 2020

Centenary of the birth of John Paul II

How does one adequately recognize the life of such a remarkable man as Pope Saint John Paul II, and address, in just a few minutes, his contribution to our world? Let me refer to three areas that are of particular, personal interest to me – science, politics and faith. Science – The work of scientists and the importance of their …

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27th May 2019

Yes, she did……!

It will be an absolutely stunning result! As I write there is much counting still to be done but the result is clear – Alliance Leader, Naomi Long will be one of the three Northern Ireland MEPs. Not only is that the best Alliance result – by any parameter – in its 49 year history, it also means that Northern …

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29th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018

Sermon preached by Professor, the, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych at First Presbyterian Church, Belfast, on the 11th November 2018 Firstly, I would like to thank all of you for the warm welcome you have given me into membership of this congregation of First Presbyterian Church, Belfast at what was a difficult time in my own journey of faith. I am not …

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